Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Counselor Education - Graduate Programs


Counselor Education Degree Programs Offered

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's
School Counseling Master's
Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate
Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate    

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Counselor Education Overview


The mission of the counseling program(s) at Cleveland State University is to provide exceptional training through curricular experiences for master’s-level graduate students leading to licensure to work in a variety of settings. We emphasize culturally competent generalist training in two specialty areas of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are trained to address issues ranging from problems of daily living to more pronounced problems that manifest as symptoms of psychopathology. Our School Counseling students are trained to develop programs and deliver services following the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national model. In addition, we aim to facilitate the personal development of our students since “self” and “relationship” are primary tools in successful counseling. We encourage students in the journey of making their personality and style of life an object of awareness throughout their training.


Our School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


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Counseling Program Review 

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Counseling Department Program Chair, Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D:
phone: 216-687-5291


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning Department at Cleveland State University through March 31, 2027: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.) and School Counseling (M.Ed.).

Implications for Criminal Record on Field Placements and Licensure

Students must take personal responsibility to inform themselves of the potential professional implications if they have a history of a criminal convictions on their legal record. For Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board Laws and Rules specifically state:

“(D) Applicants for any license or certificate of registration issued by the board shall be of good moral character. The board may, in its discretion, deny any application for licensure or certification if the board finds that the applicant was convicted of, pled guilty to, or pled no contest to a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or for acts committed, which would constitute a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, if committed in Ohio. The board shall consider the number and timing of any convictions and the relationship those convictions may have to the practice for which the applicant has made application for licensure or certification. The board shall consider an applicant's fitness to practice a part of the good moral character requirements. The board at its discretion may request any of the following to help determine good moral character and fitness to practice: a criminal records check, a criminal background check or a psychological evaluation.”

For School Counseling students, The Ohio Department of Education denotes on their website that:

“ODE's Office of Professional Conduct investigates allegations involving criminal convictions or conduct unbecoming the teaching profession and, if warranted, pursues disciplinary or remedial action against an educator’s credentials or application for credentials.”

Additionally, students are required to obtain a background check that is shared with potential practicum and internship sites. Therefore, field placements site positions may also be impacted by a criminal conviction history. Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor, OCSWMFT Board, and/or ODE if they have a criminal conviction on their legal record that may impact their field placements and/or licensure in Ohio.

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